NYC suspends director

The National Youth Council of Namibia has suspended its director Calista Schwartz-Gowases with full remuneration, chairperson of the human resource, remuneration and ethics committee Simon Taapopi said on Monday afternoon in a press release.

This comes after serious allegations of misconduct and is meant to allow disciplinary proceedings to be conducted without any interference.

“This media statement effectively informs the public that all powers and rights of Schwartz-Gowases to represent NYC, or act on its behalf, are halted until further notice,” Taapopi said.

Among the allegations are that Schwartz-Gowases has been working without a contract since December 2021, creating a lack of clarity on powers and responsibilities between the executive chairperson and the director, resulting in power struggles.

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